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  • Archibald Foundation
  • John M. DeGrove Eminent Scholar Chair, Florida Atlantic University


  • Mosaic
  • Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley


  • Cobb Cole
  • Ms. Kimberly A. DeGrove and Dr. William Partin
  • William Howard Flowers, Jr. Foundation, Inc.
  • Kitson & Partners
  • Law Offices of Robert L. Parks, P.L.
  • The Perkins Charitable Foundation


  • Ronald Book, PA
  • Mr. William M. DeGrove
  • Mr. Robert M. Rhodes


  • American Planning Association, Florida Chapter
  • Mr. Thomas J. Baird
  • Tallahassee State Bank
  • Thomson Brock Luger & Company
  • Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
  • Peter & Helen Wallace

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PowerPoint for Citizens Organizing for Positive Community Change.  Other materials for the October 14 webinar include information on conducting a successful press event by the Sierra Club’s Cris Costello — view a brief overview, see a sample press advisory, see a sample press release, view Cris’ PowerPoint. Also, check out Spitfire’s Smart Chart for developing your campaign.  As anthropologist Margaret Mead famously noted, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” 1000 Friends’ webinar focused on how thoughtful citizens in Florida can organize for positive community change. Using case studies, speakers shared effective strategies to mobilize citizens, build coalitions, work with the media, persuade elected officials, raise funds, and more. Presenters include Keep It Rural’s Pamela Hall, Tropical Audubon Executive Director Laura Reynolds, and Sierra Club Senior Organizing Representative Cris Costello.

PowerPoint for Sign Regulation after Reed v. Town of Gilbert, AZ (2015).  The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert may make it more difficult for local governments to regulate signs in a content neutral manner under the First Amendment. City of Clearwater Council member Bill Jonson, a local elected official who has advocated successfully for many years for scenic values, including sign regulation, explains how communities are affected by signs and why local governments regulate signs. National legal experts on sign regulation, Susan L. Trevarthen, Esq., FAICP and William Brinton, Esq., provide a history of the facts and issues in Reed, examine the Supreme Court’s decision in Reed, including the three concurring opinions, and analyze the impact the Court’s decision will have on local governments, planners, and communities in Florida.  Check out the essay by Diane Steinle, Beauty is Good for Business:  How the City of Clearwater tackled its signage and won.  The PowerPoint is also available with  white background/limited graphics for easier printing.

PowerPoint for 2015 Florida Legislative Wrap Up (2015).  1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy Director Charles Pattison, FAICP and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger discuss key community planning and conservation bills that passed and failed during the 2015 Florida legislative session, what will be covered during the June special session, and how legislative changes impact state and local governance and planning in Florida. Click here for a printer-friendly version of the PowerPoint.

PowerPoint for Florida’s Community Planning Process and Meaningful Citizen Participation (2015).  1000 Friends of Florida Policy Director Charles Pattison, FAICP, provides detailed information on local comprehensive plans, elements and future land use maps, the state review process, citizen participation requirements and other Florida-specific planning issues. Long-time environmental advocate Pegeen Hanrahan focuses on promoting meaningful citizen involvement in the local planning process from her perspectives as a former City of Gainesville Mayor and Commissioner and citizen advocate.

PowerPoint for 2015 Florida Legislative Session Update (2015).  1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy Director Charles Pattison, FAICP and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger discuss key community planning and conservation bills that are being considered during the 2015 Florida legislative session, and how this impacts state and local governance and planning in Florida.

PowerPoint for Victor Dover on Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (2015). Coauthor of the landmark Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns and principal and cofounder of Dover, Kohl & Partners, Victor Dover, FAICP covers design, planning and legal strategies to promote livable and walkable communities in Florida. Mr. Dover shares case studies and photos of streets old and new, showcasing what works and what doesn’t, and reveals the secrets to designing beautiful, charming streets and walkable places where people want to be.

PowerPoint on Planning for sea level rise:  Legal issues facing Florida (2015).  Three of the state’s leading experts on the legal ramifications of sea level rise and climate change in Florida identify potential challenges and appropriate local government responses. Florida Sea Grant Coastal Planning Specialist Thomas Ruppert covers potential legal and financial liabilities related to permitting and infrastructure, and the benefits of notice provisions. Nova Environmental and Land Use Law Clinic Director Richard Grosso focuses on the use of legal tools available through Florida planning authority to avoid liabilities. Erin L. Deady of Erin Deady, P.A. shares strategies currently being planned and implemented in South Florida communities to address some of these issues.  View the PowerPoint with regular formatting and printer-friendly formatting.

PowerPoint for Planning for Complete Streets in Florida (2014)Billy Hattaway, FDOT’s District One Secretary, discussed the department’s statewide initiative to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and the implementation of the Department’s new Complete Streets Policy.  City of Deerfield Beach Director of Planning and Development Services Amanda Martinez reviewed the process the City has used to adopt and implement its Complete Street guidelines. BikeWalkLee’s Darla Letourneau focused on the role of citizen advocacy in promoting complete street policy.  AARP Florida’s Laura Cantwell discussed that organizations’ perspectives on complete streets. 

PowerPoint for Planning for Sea Level Rise: Broward County Responds (2014). Broward County and Fort Lauderdale are national leaders in planning for the impacts of sea level rise. This webinar covers efforts at the regional, county and municipal levels to develop planning strategies for Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale. Presenters include Dr. Jennifer Jurado, Director of Broward County’s Natural Resources Planning and Management Division, James Cromar of the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Julie Dennis of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity,   City of Fort Lauderdale Assistant City Manager Susy Torriente and Principal Environmental Strategist Jim Koeth.

PowerPoint for Planning for Sea Level Rise: State Resources for Florida’s Communities (2014).  This session focuses on state resources available to assist communities with developing workable planning strategies to adapt to sea level rise. Presenters included Daniel Fitz-Patrick (Florida Department of Economic Opportunity), Crystal Goodison (University of Florida GeoPlan Center), Tom Beck (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) and Meredith Jagger (Florida Department of Health).

PowerPoint for Planning and Ethics in Florida (2014).  A panel of experts discussed ethics requirements and aspirations for planners, attorneys, elected officials and other public servants in Florida. Presenters included the current chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Valerie Hubbard, FAICP, attorney and planner Susan Trevarthen, Esq., FAICP, and attorney and planner Tom Pelham, FAICP.

2014 Florida Legislative Wrap Up. 1000 Friends President Charles Pattison, Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger, and The Nature Conservancy’s Janet Bowman provide an overview of the key growth management, conservation, housing and budget provisions that passed and failed during the 2014 Florida Legislature and impacts on communities across Florida.
Dr. John M. DeGrove: Shaping a Better Future for Florida. Recognized as the “father of growth management,” Dr. DeGrove was an influential force in shaping the planning process in our state and many other states across nation.  This webinar focused on his lasting accomplishments and how his principles can continue to be followed as Florida once again faces increasing growth pressures and mounting environmental crises.  Speakers included Frank Schnidman and Susan Coughanour on Dr. DeGrove’s legacy and the evolution of growth management in Florida, Nancy Stroud on moving state planning forward in the 21st century, and Dr. Lance deHaven-Smith on the American Assembly Process and other strategies to build consensus to shape a sustainable future for our state. Check out the PowerPoint.
2014 Florida Legislative Update. 1000 Friends President Charles Pattison, Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger, Affordable Housing Director Jaimie Ross, and the Florida Conservation Coalition’s Ryan Smart key growth management, conservation, affordable housing and budget provisions being considered by the 2014 Florida Legislature.  Click here to view the PowerPoint from this event.
The Coastal Insurance Dilemma in Florida: Who Should Pay? This webinar explored existing and proposed coastal legislation and issues as related to the National Flood Insurance Program and Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.  Speakers included Stronger Safer Florida Coalition members National Wildlife Federation National Advocacy Center Legislative Director Josh Saks, Florida Property Insurance Expert and former Florida Legislator Don Brown, National R Street representative Andrew Moylan, 1000 Friends of Florida President Charles Pattison, FAICP, and Florida Wildlife Federation Community Planner Sarah Owen Gledhill, AICP. The PowerPoint also is available.

2013 Broadcasts:

Florida Greenways and Trails System Planning. In the second webinar of the year on Florida’s growing system of greenways, Assistant Bureau Chief for the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) Doug Alderson, and Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation President Dale Allen discuss Creating a World-Class Trail and Greenway System for Florida, highlighting ongoing planning to close the remaining gaps in Florida’s greenways system. The PowerPoint also is available.
Transportation Mobility Systems: An Alternative to Concurrency in Florida. Alachua County Transportation Planner Jeff Hayes, Pasco County Planning and Development Administrator Richard Gehring and Chief Assistant County Attorney David Goldstein, and DEO’s Bill Killingsworth discuss the legal foundation and planning principles for mobility planning and fees to promote more sustainable patterns of development and finance multi-modal transportation systems in Florida. The PowerPoint also is available.
Landscaping and Biodiversity: Conserving Biodiversity in Urban Planning and Development. Part I and Part 2 (due to technical difficulties the webinar was recorded in two segments). The University of Florida’s Dr. Mark Hostetler shared strategies to engage policy makers, planners, built environment professionals and citizens in order to create functioning green communities, including the importance of addressing decisions made during the design, construction and post-construction phases of new subdivision development. Click here to view the PowerPoint.
Watershed Planning: Lessons Learned from Florida’s Springs. Former director of the Florida Springs Task Force Jim Stevenson and Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute director Bob Knight cover challenges facing Florida’s springs, workable planning strategies to address those challenges, and how springshed planning approaches can applied to other watersheds throughout Florida. The presentation includes case studies on Wakulla and Rainbow Springs. Click here to view the PowerPoint.
Everglades Planning: An Ongoing Crisis, an Emerging Solution.Tens of billions of gallons of dangerously polluted water is rushing into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers, damaging the environment and threatening human health. Part of the solution is the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). During this webinar Everglades Foundation staff discusses the current crisis and its impact throughout the ecosystem, the importance of CEPP, what other projects need to be completed, and the next steps we need to take to protect America’s Everglades. (Presentation begins at 1:15) Click here to view the PowerPoint for the webinar.
Florida Greenways and Trails “Close the Gap Campaign.” Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation President Dale Allen and Office of Greenways and Trails Assistant Director Doug Alderson discussed the new “Close the Gap” Campaign to create a coast-to-coast trail system from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canaveral National Seashore. Click here for the PowerPoint.
2013 Legislative Wrap Up. 1000 Friends President Charles Pattison, FAICP, Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger, Affordable Housing Director Jaimie Ross, and The Nature Conservancy’s Janet Bowman discussed key growth management, environmental and affordable housing bills that passed and failed during the 2013 Florida legislative session. Click here for the PowerPoint.
PART I: The Missing Metric: Strategies for the New Normal. Peter Katz, founding director of the Congress for the New Urbanism, provided Florida-specific examples of how to assess the revenue generated from various land development patterns, and those that generally generate the most revenue for communities. Click here for the PowerPoint.
PART II: The Sustainable Communities Calculator. Harry Reed, AICP, Executive Director of the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency, and Bruce Landis, PE, AICP, Executive Vice President of Sprinkle Consulting, discussed the new Sustainable Communities Calculator being developed for the Capital Region Transportation Planning Organization to assist with determining the future costs of maintaining transportation infrastructure in Tallahassee-Leon County and adjoining Gadsden, Jefferson and Wakulla Counties. Click here for the PowerPoint.

2013 PowerPoints:

2013 Legislative Update (March 13, 2013)

Ecosystem Services and Land Conservation in the Red Hills Region of Florida (February 13, 2013)

2013 Florida Legislative Preview (January 9, 2013)

2011-2012 Broadcasts:

Smart planning for communities (August 11, 2011)

Clean energy technologies (August 18, 2011)

Sustainability communities (September 22, 2011)

Transportation alternatives (October 4, 2011)

Sustainable development (October 19, 2011)

Clean energy (November 16, 2011)

Campus-scale settings (December 15, 2011)

Sustainable economic development (January 31, 2012)

Clean energy symposium webcast (February 15-16, 2012).

Legal aspects of clean energy (March 13, 2012)

Models, strategies and options (April 18, 2012)

Virtual conference for a green future (April 5-6, 2012)

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